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This week on Talk Nation Radio we welcome back Coleen Rowley. She is a retired FBI agent and former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel who testified about the FBI's pre 9-11 lapses as a whistle-blower in 2002 to staffers of the Joint Intelligence Committees' Inquiry; the Senate Judiciary Committee; and to investigators of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice. Along with two other whistle-blowers, she was selected that year as Time Magazine's "Persons of the Year." Coleen...
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Ray McGovern was an infantry/intelligence officer in the early Sixties, and became a CIA analyst.  His duties eventually included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing The President’s Daily Brief. He conducted the one-on-one morning briefings of President Reagan’s five most senior national security officials, including VP Bush, from 1981 to 1985. In retirement Ray co-founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) -- an attempt by intelligence veterans to hold...
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This week on Talk Nation Radio we’re talking antiwar activism with Ann Wright who was in the U.S. Army/Army Reserves for 29 years and retired as a Colonel but who, by my count, has been a fulltime model antiwar activist for over 17 years, so less than a dozen to go to match the Army career. Ann Wright resigned from the U.S. government in March 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. She is the co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience .
Topics: Ann Wright, peace
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Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, and a member of the National Advisory Board of Veterans for Peace.   She writes frequent columns about human rights, U.S. foreign policy, and the contradiction between the two. Her most recent book is  Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues. Her website is...
Topics: Marjorie Cohn, fascism
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Jul 21, 2020
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This week on Talk Nation Radio: Where's our money? Why so many wars? A bill to put the Pentagon on the flag? Is everything we've been told a lie? Are there some things that are not Putin's fault? And how do you talk to people who won't wear masks?
Topic: peace
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This week on Talk Nation Radio: massive, shameless, and endlessly expanding war profiteering by weapons dealers. Our guest is Heidi Peltier, author of a new report called “The Growth of the ‘Camo Economy’ and the Commercialization of the Post 9/11 Wars.” Heidi Peltier is the Director of the “20 Years of War” project at Boston University and part of the Costs of War Project at Brown University.  She has written reports and articles on various costs of war, including the hidden costs...
Topics: war, peace
Nina Turner is the former national co-chair of the Bernie 2020 campaign. She is a former Ohio state senator, and a former professor of African American history. Nina Turner is currently a Strategic Delegate Advisor for RootsAction.org. And she hosts a podcast called “We the People.”
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Sonali Kolhatkar is the host and executive producer of Rising Up With Sonali, a daily, primetime television and radio program syndicated on Free Speech TV and Pacifica Radio stations and affiliates. She is also a weekly columnist with Independent Media Institute and lead author of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence . Sonali Kolhatkar recently wrote an article titled " If We’re Going to Defund Militarized Police Departments, Why Not Add the...
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Jake Johnston is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. His research has focused predominantly on economic policy in Latin America, the International Monetary Fund, and U.S. foreign policy. Jake Johnston co-authored a report in March on the role of the Organization of American States in the coup in Bolivia in November of last year. The New York Times has recently admitted that OAS claims of fraud in last year’s Bolivian election were...
Topic: Bolivia
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Peadar King is director of KMF Productions and presenter / producer of the RTÉ documentary series What in the World? We discuss his latest book, War, Suffering, and the Struggle for Human Rights.
Topics: war, peace, Peadar King
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John Perkins is an author and activist whose 10 books on global intrigue, shamanism, and transformation including  Touching the Jaguar,   Shapeshifting, and the classic  Confessions of an Economic Hit Man  have been on the  New York Times  bestseller list for more than 70 weeks, sold over 2 million copies, and are published in 35 languages. As chief economist at a major consulting firm, he advised the World Bank, United Nations, Fortune 500 corporations, and the U.S. and other...
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Helena Cobban is a veteran analyst of international affairs and an anti-imperialist activist who campaigns for human equality at all levels. She's a Quaker who lives in Washington DC, which she describes as "the belly of the beast." Helena has authored seven books on international issues, four of which have been about the Middle East; and for 20 years she contributed a regular column about global affairs to The Christian Science Monitor . She has also been a publisher. Her company,...
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This week on Talk Nation Radio, we discuss the past and possible future of the U.S. Postal Service. Our guest, Richard John, is a historian who specializes in the history of business, technology, communications, and American political development. He teaches and advises graduate students in Columbia University’s Ph.D. program in communications, and is member of the core faculty of the Columbia history department, where he teaches courses on the history of capitalism and the history of...
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This week on Talk Nation Radio we discuss efforts to save the site of a Native American capital. Greg Werkheiser is a founding partner of Cultural Heritage Partners. He’s an attorney and educator and is working on a campaign to save Rassawek, the site of the historic capital of the Monacan Indian Nation in what is now Virginia. http://CulturalHeritagePartners.com   Rufus Elliot is a Monacan tribal member, and he was the Tribal Administrator until late last year. He's been coordinating the...
Topics: Rassawek, SaveRassawek
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This week on Talk Nation Radio, our guest is Grant Smith whose latest and ninth book about the Israel Lobby is called The Israel Lobby Enters State Government: Rise Of The Virginia Israel Advisory Board . You can find it at https://virginia.israellobby.org . Smith is director of the nonprofit Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy. In 2014, Smith sued the Department of Defense in federal court and won release of a detailed report, contracted in 1987, about the advanced state of...
Topic: Israel
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This week on Talk Nation Radio we talk with Richard Tucker, who is one of the editors of the new book, Nature at War: American Environments and World War II . Richard Tucker is an environmental historian at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. He is the founder and manager of a research network on the environmental consequences of military operations through history. See environmentandmilitary.com .
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Tim Schwartz is the author of a new book called A Public Service: Whistleblowing, Disclosure, and Anonymity . Tim Schwartz’s career focuses on data privacy and digital information as an artist , activist, and technologist. He specializes in teaching techniques for challenging power while protecting one’s identity. Schwartz co-organizes the digital training organization Los Angeles Cryptoparty, a member of the Electronic Frontier Alliance. He currently works as a digital strategist at Alley...
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This week on Talk Nation Radio, we’ll talk about how the coronavirus crisis is impacting or failing to impact militarism and sanctions. Sarah Lazare is web editor at In These Times . She comes from a background in independent journalism for publications including The Nation, Tom Dispatch, YES! Magazine , and Al Jazeera America. A former staff writer for AlterNet and Common Dreams, Sarah co-edited the book "About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War." Sarah got her start in...
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David Dayen is the executive editor of The American Prospect magazine. He is the author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud , winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize. His next book, Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power , will be released in June. His work has also appeared in The Nation, The Intercept, The New Republic, Vice, HuffPost, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and more. He has been a guest on MSNBC, CNN,...
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Charlotte Dennett is a former Middle East reporter, investigative journalist, and attorney. She is the co-author of  Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon : Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil . And she is the author of the new book we will be discussing: The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, A Daughter’s Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil . About the book: https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/the-crash-of-flight-3804/
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Charlotte Dennett is a former Middle East reporter, investigative journalist, and attorney. She is the co-author of  Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon : Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil . And she is the author of the new book we will be discussing: The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, A Daughter’s Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil . About the book: https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/the-crash-of-flight-3804/
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This week on Talk Nation Radio, we’re talking about Joe Biden, whether he can be found, and why anyone would want to find him anyway. Our guest is Branko Marcetic, author of Yesterday’s Man: The Case Against Joe Biden , and of numerous articles for Jacobin at JacobinMag.com.
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This Week on Talk Nation Radio, we discuss Coronavirus, corporate greed, and other topics with Dean Baker. Dean Baker is Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, which he co-founded in 1999. His areas of research include housing and macroeconomics, intellectual property, Social Security, Medicare, and European labor markets. He is the author of several books, including Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer...
Topic: Coronavirus
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Norman Solomon is cofounder and coordinator of RootsAction.org as well as founder and director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. He is the author of a dozen books including War Made Easy and Made Love, Got War . He has written op-ed pieces for almost every large daily U.S. newspaper and appears often on a wide range of radio and TV outlets. We discuss the U.S. presidential election.
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Matthew Hoh is a member of the advisory boards of Expose Facts, Veterans For Peace, and World BEYOND War. In 2009 he resigned his position with the State Department in Afghanistan in protest of the escalation of the Afghan War by the Obama Administration. He previously had been in Iraq with a State Department team and with the U.S. Marines. He is a Senior Fellow with the Center for International Policy.
Topic: Afghanistan
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Mary-Wynne Ashford is a retired Family Physician, with a specialty in Palliative Care. She was Co-President of the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War for four years, and President of Physicians for Global Survival (Canada) for four years. IPPNW received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. She has received many awards for her work and her book Enough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror, and War. She has been teaching thousands of high school students about nuclear...
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Richard Sanders is a researcher/writer/activist who has engaged full-time in the peace movement since 1984 when he escaped academia with an MA in cultural anthropology. His efforts to debunk Canada’s peace mythology began when coordinating Ottawa’s Peace Resource Centre, producing a community anti-war radio program for almost 20 years, and being a local organizer with the Alliance for Nonviolent Action. In late 1988, he founded the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT.ncf.ca). Its...
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Jefferson Morley is a Washington author and investigative reporter. Over the last 35 years he has served as Washington correspondent for The Nation and Salon and as editor and reporter at the Washington Post and Washingtonpost.com for 15 years. He is the author of three books of non-fiction history: The Ghost, a biography of legendary CIA spymaster James Jesus Angleton; Snow-Storm in August, the untold tale of a white riot that swept Washington in 1835; and Our Man in Mexico , a biography of...
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Annette Brownlie is a mother and a life-long peace organiser and activist, arising out of the experiences of her father in WW2 and her own experiences as a teenager opposing the Vietnam war. Annette has had leadership roles in anti-nuclear, environmental, and peace organisations in Brisbane. She is a recipient of the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom and the United Nations Association of Australia Community Peace Award. When the announcement was made in 2012 to host U.S. Marines...
Topic: Australia
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Margaret Kimberley has been Editor and Senior Columnist for Black Agenda Report since its inception in 2006. Her first book, Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents , will be published by Steerforth Press on February 4, 2020. She is a contributor to the OR Books anthology, In Defense of Julian Assange . She has also produced original work for Consortium News, Counterpunch , the Dallas Morning News , and the American Herald Tribune . Ms. Kimberley was a contributor to the 2014 book...
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Phill Gittins is World BEYOND War’s Education Director. Phill has lived, worked, and travelled in over 50 countries across 6 continents; taught in schools, colleges, and universities in eight countries; and led experiential training and training-of-trainers for hundreds of individuals on peace and conflict processes. Other experience includes work in youth offending prisons; oversight management for youth and community projects; and consultation for public and non-profit organisations on...
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Roger Hallam is a PhD researcher on civil disobedience at King's College London and an organic vegetable farmer. He has been a vegan for 34 years. In 2018 he co-founded Extinction Rebellion. He has also just authored a terrific short book called Common Sense for the 21st Century: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse . His website is rogerhallam.com
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
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Jan 7, 2020
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Lisa McCrea is an environmental and human rights activist, and the mother of five. She lived on the former George Air Force Base in California from 1987 to 1991. She found out 30 years after first stepping foot on the base that it was and is extremely contaminated with numerous toxic substances, including nuclear waste. She became partially disabled in 1990 and completely disabled in 2003, at the age of 35, as a direct result of her contamination exposure. In 2017, she switched her focus from...
Topic: PFAS
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Alice Slater serves on the Board of Directors of World BEYOND War and is the UN NGO Representative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. She is on the Board of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, the Global Council of Abolition 2000, and the Advisory Board of Nuclear Ban-US, supporting the mission of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Topics: nukes, space force
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Dec 24, 2019
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This Week on Talk Nation Radio, we discuss the Christmas Truces of 1914. Learn more at https://worldbeyondwar.org/christmastruce
Topic: Christmas Truce
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This Week on Talk Nation Radio, we speak with two of the key people behind Beyond Nuclear International, which you can find at beyondnuclearinternational.org Linda Pentz Gunter and Cindy Folkers Linda Pentz Gunter founded Beyond Nuclear in 2007 and serves as its international specialist as well as its media and development director. Prior to her work in anti-nuclear advocacy, she was a journalist for 20 years in print and broadcast, working for USA Network, Reuters, The Times (UK), and other US...
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Preetha Gopalan is Reprieve's Deputy Head of UK Litigation. She works on strategic litigation efforts in the UK which seek to hold the British Government to account for complicity in the death penalty, torture, secret detention and extrajudicial killings abroad. Reprieve has just appealed the decision by the International Criminal Court not to pursue prosecution of war crimes in Afghanistan.
Topic: Afghanistan
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David Gibbs is a Professor of History at the University of Arizona and has published widely on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and NATO. His publications have appeared in both academic and popular venues, such as the London Guardian , Los Angeles Times, and Le Monde Diplomatique . He also recently debated the topic of humanitarian intervention at the Oxford Union Society in the UK. Professor Gibbs is currently finishing his third book, on the rise of...
Topic: NATO
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This week on Talk Nation Radio: a rant on impeachment, in favor of doing it right or not doing it at all.
Topic: impeachment
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Misagh Parsa is a Professor of Sociology who has taught at Dartmouth since 1989. A specialist on revolutions, he is the author of States, Ideologies, and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of Iran, Nicaragua, and the Philippines , as well as Social Origins of the Iranian Revolution . His most recent book which we discuss here, is called Democracy in Iran: Why it Failed and how it Might Succeed.
Topic: Iran
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Elizabeth Murray served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East in the National Intelligence Council (NIC), before retiring in 2010 after a 27-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency. She was a political analyst focusing on various Middle Eastern countries and also served as an editor and media analyst for the U.S. Government’s Open Source Center, OSC, now known as the Open Source Enterprise. She is conversant in German, Arabic, and Spanish. A member of Veteran...
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Lindsay Koshgarian is the Program Director of the National Priorities Project, where she oversees NationalPriorities.org. Lindsay’s work on the federal budget includes analysis of the federal budget process and politics, military spending, and specifically how federal budget choices for different spending priorities and taxation interact.
Topic: budget
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Mark Isaacs is the author, among other books, of the new book, The Kabul Peace House , which we discuss, and which describes a community of peace activists in Afghanistan. Mark is president of Sydney PEN, an affiliate of PEN International, a worldwide association of writers which defends freedom of expression and campaigns on behalf of writers who have been silenced by persecution or imprisonment. He speaks with us from Australia. His website is markjisaacs.com
Topic: Afghanistan
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Oct 21, 2019
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The Kingsbay Ploughshares 7 are facing 25 years in prison for their action at a nuclear submarine base. We speak with six of them: Elizabeth McAlister, Martha Hennessy, Mark Colville, Clare Grady, Patrick O'Neill, and Carmen Trotta. https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/
Topic: nuclear
Jeffrey Sterling is a former CIA case officer who was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and was in federal prison in Colorado. I don't think that prior to this program Sterling has been asked whether he believes the official purpose of the progam he worked on giving nuclear bomb plans to Iran. Does he really think the purpose of giving obviously flawed bomb-part plans to Iran was to slow down a nuclear weapons program that may not even have existed? Or does he believe the purpose was to...
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E. Ahmet Tonak is the author and editor of several books including Measuring the Wealth of Nations: The Political Economy of National Accounts (with Anwar Shaikh), Turkey in Transition: New Perspectives (edited with Irvin Schick) and Marxism and Classes (edited with Sungur Savran and Kurtar Tanyılmaz). Trained as a mechanical engineer at Istanbul Technical University, he earned a Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research. Tonak taught for many years at Istanbul Bilgi...
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Lisa Fithian has just published a terrific guide to direct action and strategic civil disobedience as the most radical and rapid means to social change, called Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce Loving Resistance. Fithian has been described by Mother Jones magazine as “the nation’s best-known protest consultant.” She has supported countless movements including the Battle of Seattle in 1999, rebuilding and defending communities following Hurricane Katrina, Occupy Wall Street, and the...
Topics: Lisa Fithian, Nonviolent Action
Kathy Kelly has traveled to war zones and lived alongside ordinary people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, and Lebanon. She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe the U.S. should end all U.S. military and economic warfare and pay reparations for suffering already caused by U.S. wars. Recently, Voices has helped organize vigils, forums, fasts, and nonviolent direct action calling for an immediate end to hostilities driving near famine conditions in Yemen. Kathy Kelly is a...
Topics: kathy kelly, peace
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Russell Gray grew up in Kansas City, graduated from college in 2017 and took a banking regulation job with the U.S. government. He left that job in November 2018 to help start the climate group Extinction Rebellion ( https://extinctionrebellion.us/ ) in the United States. He's now working to shut down DC on September 23rd ( see http://strikedc.org ) as a follow up to the September 20th global climate strike and a lead up to further climate strike actions around the globe. Join World BEYOND...
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Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff are out on bail and forbidden to leave Ireland. They attempted to inspect a U.S. plane for weapons in supposedly neutral Ireland. They will be taking part in #NoWar2019 (https://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2019). Ken Mayers was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island prior to attending Princeton University. Upon graduation in 1958 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corp, eventually rising to the rank of major. He resigned his...
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Clare Daly is an Irish politician who has been a Member of the European Parliament from Ireland since July. She is a member of Independents 4 Change, part of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left. She served as a Teachta Dála or member of Ireland's parliament from 2011 to 2019. Clare Daly will be speaking at the NoWar2019 conference and rally being planned by World BEYOND War for Limerick, Ireland, on October 5th and 6th. https://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2019
Topics: peace, nowar, nowar2019, clare daly, ireland, shannon airport
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Barry Sweeney is a member of the Board of Directors of World BEYOND War. Barry is based in Ireland, but is often in Vietnam and Italy. His background is in education and environmentalism. He taught as a primary school teacher in Ireland for a number of years, before moving to Italy in 2009 to teach English. His love for environmental understanding led him to many progressive projects in Ireland, Italy, and Sweden. He became more and more involved in environmentalism in Ireland, and has now been...
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Timmon Wallis is the author of Disarming the Nuclear Argument and The Truth About Trident . He has a PhD in Peace Studies from Bradford University in England, and has been working on nuclear disarmament and other peace issues since the 1970s. Most recently, he was Program Manager for Peace and Disarmament for Quakers in Britain, before moving back to Northampton, Massachusetts. He has also been Executive Director of the Nonviolent Peaceforce. As a member of the ICAN (International Campaign to...
Topics: nuclear, green new deal
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Pat Elder is a member of World BEYOND War’s Board of Directors. He is the author of Military Recruiting in the United States , and the Director of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy. The coalition works to counter the alarming militarization of the United States’ high schools. Pat also writes for World BEYOND War and Civilian Exposure, an organization that tracks how the U.S. military poisons people around the world. Pat’s focus is on documenting contamination caused by the...
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Edward Horgan retired from the Irish Defence Forces with the rank of Commandant after 22 years service that included peacekeeping missions with the United Nations in Cyprus and the Middle East. He has worked on over 20 election monitoring missions in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Asia, and Africa. He is international secretary with the Irish Peace and Neutrality Alliance, Chairperson and founder of Veterans For Peace Ireland, and a peace activist with Shannonwatch. His many peace activities...
Topics: Ireland, Peace
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Jeremy Kuzmarov has taught at numerous colleges across the United States and is author of four books on U.S. foreign policy including The Russians are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce , with John Marciano and the new book that we will be discussing and which I highly recommend: Obama's Unending Wars: Fronting the Foreign Policy of the Permanent Warfare State .
Topic: Obama
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Jeff Ostler is Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History at the University of Oregon. He teaches courses on U.S. history and American Indian history. And he is the author of an important new book called Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas .
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Rob Kall is an award-winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector, and visionary. He's the author of   The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity .  He has pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science, and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom-Up Radio Show. And Rob founded and publishes the progressive news and opinion site, OpEdNews.com, which has seen...
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Donald E. McInnis is the author of She's So Cold: Murder, Accusations, and the System that Devastated a Family. He is a California criminal defense attorney, and he represented one of the three accused boys, Aaron Houser, in the Stephanie Crowe murder case. Over the span of his 40-year legal career, Mr. McInnis has worked alternately for the prosecution and for the defense, having served as a deputy district attorney for two California counties and as a deputy public defender for one California...
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Marc Mauer is the executive director of The Sentencing Project, a national organization based in Washington, D.C. that promotes criminal justice reform. His books include The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences , coauthored with Ashley Nellis. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has just released a report that draws on testimony by Marc Mauer on the impact of felony disenfranchisement.
Topic: prison
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Martin E. Hellman is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. His work spans cyber security, reducing the risk of a nuclear disaster, and peace. His invention of public key cryptography is at the heart of the secure portion of the Internet and has won him many honors, including the million dollar ACM Turing Award , the top prize in computer science. In 2016, he and his wife of fifty years published A New Map for Relationships: Creating True Love at Home...
Topics: nuclear, peace, war
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Stephen Roblin is a scholar of U.S. public opinion towards U.S. war and conflict. He is committed to using his research to support activists, NGOs and policymakers working to mitigate and prevent the human costs of war. His research examines the effect of civilian harm by the U.S. military and anti-war messaging on U.S. public opinion. He is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at Cornell University. Prior to attending Cornell, he earned his masters at the University of Maryland...
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Joe Emersberger is a Canada-based writer who writes primarily these days for FAIR.org, the Canary, and Counterpunch, and previously for Telesur English. You can find him on Twitter at rosendo_joe We discuss the media, Julian Assange, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
Topic: media
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Ross Caputi is a PhD student in History at UMass and a coauthor of the critically important new book The Sacking of Fallujah: A People's History . Ross Caputi’s experience as a U.S. Marine in Fallujah in 2004 compelled him to speak out against the war and to organize solidarity efforts with Fallujah. He is also a co-founder of the Islah Reparations Project .
Topic: Fallujah
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Danny Haiphong is an activist, journalist, and scholar. For the last five years, Haiphong has been a weekly contributor to  Black Agenda Report . His articles have also appeared in The American Herald Tribune ,  MintPressNews , and CounterPunch . His work was featured in former Congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney’s latest book  How the U.S. Creates Sh*thole Countries (2018). Haiphong recently co-authored the book American Exceptionalism and American...
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Marc Eliot Stein is a member of World BEYOND War’s Board of Directors. I'm the Executive Director of World BEYOND War. Marc has been a web developer since the 1990s, and over the years has built sites for Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, the international literary site Words Without Borders, the Allen Ginsberg estate, Time Warner, A&E Network/History Channel, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Center for Disease Control, and Meredith Digital Publishing. He is also a writer, and for years he...
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Mike Gravel is a former U.S. Senator who opposed the war on Vietnam and entered the Penatgon Papers into the Congressional Record. He has been an activist and advocate for democracy and peace for decades. He is a current candidate for U.S. President in the Democratic Party primaries. See mikegravel.org
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Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and the author of several books, including best-selling Republican Gomorrah , Goliath , The Fifty One Day War , and his latest, which we will be discussing, The Management of Savagery . He has produced print articles for an array of publications, many video reports, and several documentaries, including  Killing Gaza . Blumenthal founded The Grayzone in 2015 to shine a journalistic light on America's state of perpetual war and its dangerous domestic...
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Greg Grandin is the author of a number of prize-winning books, including The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, which won the Bancroft Prize in American History, and Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City. Grandin is a professor of history at NYU and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. We discuss his new book, The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America .
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Foad Izadi is a member of World BEYOND War's Coordinating Committee based in Iran. His research and teaching interests are inter-disciplinary and focus on United States-Iran relations and U.S. public diplomacy. His book, United States Public Diplomacy Towards Iran , discusses the U.S. communication efforts in Iran during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. Izadi has published numerous studies in national and international academic journals and major handbooks, including: Journal of...
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Vijay Mehta is an author and peace activist. He is Chair of Uniting for Peace and founding Trustee of Fortune Forum Charity. His notable books include ‘The Economics of Killing’ (Pluto Press, 2012) and ‘Peace Beyond Borders’ (New Internationalist, 2016). His current book is ‘How Not To Go To War’ (New Internationalist, 2019). The Sunday Times described him as a “longstanding activist for peace, development, human rights and the environment, who along with his daughter Renu Mehta...
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Maria Zakharova is an activist and public lecturer based in Odessa, Ukraine. She has been a strong supporter of the Council of Mothers of May 2, which represents relatives of the scores of progressives murdered at Odessa’s House of Trade Unions by a right-wing mob on May 2, 2014, just a few months after the coup that overthrew the democratically elected president of Ukraine. Ever since the massacre, Zakharova has been promoting the demand by the Council of Mothers for an international...
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Marcela Mulholland is a 21-year-old organizer with Sunrise Movement. Her personal experiences with the impacts of sea level rise in her hometown, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. motivate her to fight for coastal communities everywhere that will be devastated by climate change. She is currently a senior studying Political Science and Sustainability Studies at the University of Florida. In addition to being a student, Marcela is an organizer with Divest UF a group dedicated to financially disentangling the...
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Darcia Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame and focuses on moral development and flourishing from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating anthropology, neuroscience, clinical, developmental and educational sciences. Dr. Narvaez’s current research explores how early life experience influences societal culture and moral character. One of her recent books, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom won the 2015 William...
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Omali Yeshitela is Chairman of the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace, and Reparations. The website is at blackisbackcoalition.org He has agreed to speak on April 4th in Washington DC at the No to NATO — Yes to Peace events. The website for that is NotoNATO.org . Chairman Omali is also Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party USA and the African Socialist International, and is the founder of The Burning Spear newspaper. See theburningspear.com
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Roy Eidelson, PhD,   is the former executive director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict and a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. His work focuses on applying psychological knowledge to issues of social justice and political change. His writing has appeared in a variety of scholarly peer-reviewed journals and other outlets including the  Washington Post  and  Los Angeles Times . He is the author of ...
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Liz Remmerswaal Hughes is a member of the Coordinating Committee of World BEYOND War. She is the Country Coordinator for World BEYOND War in New Zealand / Aotearoa where she works with a number of peace organizations. In 2017 she was awarded the Sonia Davies Peace Award which enabled her to study Peace Literacy with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, attend the WILPF triennial Congress in Chicago, and a workshop on Peace and Conscience in Ann Arbor. We discuss opposition in New...
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John Lannon is a member of the Executive Committee of the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) in Ireland, a founding member of Shannon Watch, and a lecturer and researcher at the University of Limerick. We discuss Ireland’s neutrality and lack thereof.
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Ana Maria Gower is a Serbian-British mixed media artist focusing on the themes of memories, life path, and experiences of war. The origin of her artistic interests goes back to her own experience of surviving the NATO bombings of Yugoslavia and its capital – Belgrade. Being a 10-year-old in a war zone, she witnessed the destruction caused by NATO involvement both during the conflict and for years after. A graduate of Central Saint-Martins (London, UK), she has participated in numerous...
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Lee Camp is the head writer and host of the TV show "Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp" on RT America, which is watched by millions around the world. He’s a former contributor to The Onion, former staff humor writer for the Huffington Post, and had a hit web series called “Moment of Clarity." He’s toured the country and the world with his fierce brand of standup comedy, and George Carlin’s daughter Kelly said he’s one of the few comics keeping her father’s torch lit....
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Hoor Arifi is an Afghan activist who has been involved with humanitarian works in Afghanistan since he was a young boy. He has worked as a Coordinator with the "Afghan Peace Volunteers" while living in Afghanistan. Currently, he is majoring in Politics and Business at a U.S. University. He also works as a facilitator with the "Afghan Diaspora Communities" trying to solve problems faced by Afghans at home and abroad.
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Dana Frank is the author of The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup . She is professor of history emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since the 2009 military coup, her articles about human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras have appeared in outlets including the New York Times, The Nation , and Foreign Affairs , and she has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament.
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Rob Kajiwara is an Okinawan-Hawaian singer-songwriter and visual artist. In 2017, he was made a cultural ambassador for his ancestral village of Nakagusuku, Okinawa. In 2018 he was also made a cultural ambassador / special envoy for Ke Aupuni o Hawaii (the Hawaiian Kingdom) in order to share Hawaiian history, culture, and issues in Ryukyu. Rob Kijiwara recently organized a petition to the White House about Okinawa that many of us joined him in delivering there on January 7th. Stand With...
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Dr. Wes Bellamy is a City Councilman in Charlottesville, Va., and a political science professor at Virginia State University. He has helped lead the ongoing  effort to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. His new book is called Monumental: It Was Never About a Statue.
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Peter Phillips has been a Professor of Political Sociology at Sonoma State University since 1994. He was Director of Project Censored from 1996 to 2010 and President of the Media Freedom Foundation from 2003 to 2017. He has been editor or co-editor of fourteen editions of Censored , co-editor with Dennis Loo of Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney 2006, editor of two editions of Progressive Guide to Alternative Media and Activism 1999 & 2004 . His most recent book is...
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Leonard Higgins is a member of the Extinction Rebellion U.S. National Coordination Team and was a valve turner two years ago, one of a number of activists who took nonviolent action to shut off pipelines. Now new nonviolent actions are underway.
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Stephanie Welch is a documentarian and executive director of Paragon Media, a nonprofit media organization that is the co-producer of the new film, A DANGEROUS IDEA . Welch is also Senior Producer at the nonprofit Bioneers and produces the award-winning syndicated program Bioneers Radio: Revolution from the Heart of Nature. She co-produced the radio documentary Biowars: First Do No Harm, which won a NFCB Silver Reel Award. Welch is also audio engineer for Women Rising Radio. We discuss A...
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Mark Colville is one of the seven Kings Bay Plowshares activists. We recorded this interview on December 11th 2018, and Mark planned to turn himself in hours later at the Glynn County Jail in Brunswick, Georgia. Learn more: http://kingsbayplowshares7.org https://www.facebook.com/Kingsbayplowshares http://www.nukeresister.org
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Dave Lindorff is an investigative reporter who writes for the Nation, London Review of Books, Salon and Tarbell.org. He is founder of the collectively run journalists' news site thiscantbehappening.net. Lindorff has just published an articled called "Exclusive: The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed." See: https://www.thenation.com/article/pentagon-audit-budget-fraud
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James Crossland is Senior Lecturer in International History at Liverpool John Moores University, and a founder member of the Humanitarian Working Histories Group. He is the author of Britain and the International Committee of the Red Cross, 1939-1945 , and most recently, War, Law and Humanity: The Campaign to Control Warfare, 1853-1914 .
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Barry Sweeney is a member of the coordinating committee of World BEYOND War, of which I'm the director. Barry is based in Ireland, but is often in Vietnam and Italy. His background is in education and environmentalism. He taught as a primary school teacher in Ireland for a number of years, before moving to Italy in 2009 to teach English. His love for environmental understanding led him to many progressive projects in Ireland, Italy, and Sweden. He became more and more involved in...
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Steve McKeown was a radio operator in the 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1966 to 1967. He was a founding member of Veterans For Peace Chapter 27 in Minneapolis / St. Paul, and is the coordinator for their newsletter. Steve has spoken to hundreds of classes in elementary and high schools, colleges, churches, and community groups on matters of war and peace. And he has been part of organizing all kinds of peace activism including related to Armistice Day, the 100th...
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Greta Zarro is Organizing Director at World BEYOND War. She has a background in issue-based community organizing. Her experience includes volunteer recruitment and engagement, event organizing, coalition building, legislative and media outreach, and public speaking. Greta graduated as valedictorian from St. Michael’s College with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology. She then pursued a master’s in Food Studies at New York University before accepting a full-time community...
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Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an Associate Professor of Chicano/a-Latino/a Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. She recently published an article in Counter Punch called An Illegitimate, US-Backed Regime is Fueling the Honduran Refugee Crisis .
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Nicolas J. S. Davies writes about U.S. foreign policy, war and militarism for Consortium News and other outlets. He has been working as a researcher with CODEPINK, and co-authored its report on " War Profiteers: the U.S. War Machine and the Arming of Repressive Regimes ." He is also the author of the excellent book, Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq .
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Mark Dworkin is, together with Melissa Young, an award-winning documentary film director, and the director of an important new film called Plane Truths . You can find Mark and Melissa at movingimages.org and this movie at planetruths.org. Plane Truths looks at the increased activity at the U.S. Navy base on Whidbey Island in Washington state -- activity that is making life unbearable for locals and wildlife — collateral damage in the ever increasing militarization of society.
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Peter Kuznick is Professor of History at American University, and author of Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists As Political Activists in 1930s America , co-author with Akira Kimura of Rethinking the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Japanese and American Perspectives , co-author with Yuki Tanaka of Nuclear Power and Hiroshima: The Truth Behind the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Power , and co-editor with James Gilbert of Rethinking Cold War Culture . In 1995, he founded American University’s...
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Aida Touma – Sliman is a Member of Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, and Chairwoman of the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality. She joins us from Israel but recently toured the United States. Her lengthy resume includes three years as editor in chief of Al-Ittihad , the only Arabic daily newspaper in Israel, and for the past 9 years she has served as secretary of the World Peace Council. Touma - Sliman will be speaking at the No U.S. / NATO Bases conference in Dublin in...
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Hawes Spencer is a journalist who has reported for the New York Times , NPR, the Hook , and other publications. He has taught journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University and James Madison University. For over two decades, Hawes Spencer edited two weekly newspapers in Charlottesville, Virginia, both of which he co-founded: C-ville Weekly and The Hook . As the editor of the Hook , his staff delivered 149 awards from the Virginia Press Association during its nine-year run. His new book is...
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George Monbiot is an author, columnist for the Guardian newspaper and environmental campaigner. Among his books and projects are Feral: rewilding the land, sea, and human life; The Age of Consent; Heat: how to stop the planet burning and the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness . George’s latest book is Out of the Wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis . We discuss this excellent book, and I ask George my usual question: How do you discuss U.S. budgets and public policies...
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